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Wrench In The Gears

Wrench In The Gears

By Alison McDowell

Transmuting the emergent digital empire through an examination of social impact finance, behavioral economics, mixed reality, Web 3, and synthetic biology.
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"We" Read Aloud Part 3 - Site Visits To Mount Lemmon Outside Tucson, AZ
"We" Read Aloud Part 3 - Site Visits To Mount Lemmon Outside Tucson, AZ
Part of a series.
01:26:09
December 07, 2022
"We" Part 2 - Yevgeny Zamyatin, Read Aloud at Titan II Missile Silo NHS Green Valley, AZ
"We" Part 2 - Yevgeny Zamyatin, Read Aloud at Titan II Missile Silo NHS Green Valley, AZ
PDF of "We" https://www.gutenberg.org/files/61963/61963-h/61963-h.htm
01:03:29
December 05, 2022
Yevgeny Zamyatin's "We" Read Aloud Part 1 - Catalina State Park Tucson, Arizona
Yevgeny Zamyatin's "We" Read Aloud Part 1 - Catalina State Park Tucson, Arizona
About "We" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_(novel) Project Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/61963/61963-h/61963-h.htm
01:21:01
December 05, 2022
Sky Woman, Julian Huxley and Fitness Landscapes - Looking Around the Labyrinth with Cliff
Sky Woman, Julian Huxley and Fitness Landscapes - Looking Around the Labyrinth with Cliff
Readings from "Braiding Sweetgrass" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braiding_Sweetgrass And "We" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_(novel)
02:01:04
November 23, 2022
Part 2: Questioning the Logic of the New Finance Paradigm for "Public Goods" in Web3 with Jason Bosch and Leo Saraceno
Part 2: Questioning the Logic of the New Finance Paradigm for "Public Goods" in Web3 with Jason Bosch and Leo Saraceno
Video for this conversation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7vdFsKpIxk
01:59:14
November 22, 2022
Part 1: Questioning the Logic of the New Finance Paradigm for "Public Goods" in Web3 with Jason Bosch and Leo Saraceno
Part 1: Questioning the Logic of the New Finance Paradigm for "Public Goods" in Web3 with Jason Bosch and Leo Saraceno
Video of this conversation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuMPgSeNQEs
02:46:35
November 22, 2022
Practicing Play In A World of Hammers - Plus, Read Aloud of Jorge Louis Borges "Garden of Forking Paths"
Practicing Play In A World of Hammers - Plus, Read Aloud of Jorge Louis Borges "Garden of Forking Paths"
Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nfsib8cl_NY
01:42:28
November 21, 2022
M.T. Anderson "Feed" Read Aloud, Part 5 Final Installment
M.T. Anderson "Feed" Read Aloud, Part 5 Final Installment
Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zq1Qyi0Zq_w
01:14:55
November 20, 2022
Favelas as Digital "Oil" Deposits - Brazil, Banco Palmas and the Solidarity Economy
Favelas as Digital "Oil" Deposits - Brazil, Banco Palmas and the Solidarity Economy
Blog post here: https://wrenchinthegears.com/2022/11/18/favelas-as-digital-oil-deposits/ Map here: https://embed.kumu.io/2660e79a9ff196957d24bac19fee6eb0#untitled-map?s=bm9kZS00akVVaWh6Nw%3D%3D Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leXJ51x7K7M
01:41:33
November 19, 2022
Social Impact - Gaming the Tokenized Commons
Social Impact - Gaming the Tokenized Commons
Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxJie7xqI6I Map link here: https://embed.kumu.io/8538bc52dd06d00fe96bf6bbe892c20a#untitled-map?s=bm9kZS1LdU9adENQcg%3D%3D
02:13:38
November 16, 2022
Read Aloud - M T Anderson's "Feed" Part 4
Read Aloud - M T Anderson's "Feed" Part 4
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feed_(Anderson_novel)
01:12:08
November 15, 2022
Hong Kong Time Bank, Idaho Libertarians and ALICE / United Way Poverty Management - Past Blog Revisit
Hong Kong Time Bank, Idaho Libertarians and ALICE / United Way Poverty Management - Past Blog Revisit
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFAHSuJx-C0 Leo's article about the Hong Kong Time Bank: https://siliconicarus.org/2022/05/13/blockchain-digital-twins-and-global-brain-economics-part-ii/  These are the articles I read:   https://wrenchinthegears.com/2019/06/09/what-about-alice-the-united-way-collective-impact-libertarian-charity/ https://wrenchinthegears.com/2019/06/19/alice-automated-poverty-management/  https://wrenchinthegears.com/2019/01/26/will-see-a-pre-k-tarp-toxic-assets-relief-program-in-20-years/
01:17:47
November 15, 2022
Epic Health and Omega Point - From Julian Huxley to Madison, Wisconsin
Epic Health and Omega Point - From Julian Huxley to Madison, Wisconsin
Video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxdVrtHt9aY Map here:  https://embed.kumu.io/b37d9683aa7783c226662a3fc190bef7#untitled-map?s=bm9kZS00RDh6bHlITQ%3D%3D INET article - The Chicago School of Economics and George Soros: New Theories for an Impoverished World https://wrenchinthegears.com/2018/06/13/the-chicago-school-of-economics-and-george-soros-new-theories-for-an-impoverished-world/
03:05:28
November 11, 2022
Back to the Read Alouds - MT Anderson's "Feed" from 2002 Part 3
Back to the Read Alouds - MT Anderson's "Feed" from 2002 Part 3
Book review:  https://www.geeksundergrace.com/books/book-review-feed-by-m-t-anderson/ "Feed is a portrait of what it looks like to be conformed to the image of the world. It shows a generation of slaves that have been trained to enjoy their slavery, and refuse to humble themselves to realize that they might not have everything they need, that something precious has been lost in the constant noise of information and the way their lives have been commodified. And it shows how hard it is to resist the Feed, to try to have your mind renewed and become a person that the world no longer has any power over. (And it does not shy away from the cost of that decision.)"
01:06:04
November 11, 2022
What Are You Listening To? The Economics of Crystalline Emotion
What Are You Listening To? The Economics of Crystalline Emotion
Second Episode of Looking Around The Labyrinth Neuroeconomics Map: https://embed.kumu.io/9af366b0c2d7cc37ef1909f0819cd0f9#untitled-map?s=%23neuroecnomics-panel-2007
01:53:39
November 05, 2022
Update On Our California Trip - Postponed to March
Update On Our California Trip - Postponed to March
Are you interested in my "Looking Around the Labyrinth" project? This would involve applying the research frame I have been pursing to your own community, profession, or issue of interest; bookmarking some relevant materials on Kumu.io as a map or pin board; and chatting with me in a podcast. I will help you along the way. If so, shoot me an email at timpsila@protonmail.com.
45:14
November 04, 2022
Looking Around the Labyrinth with Cliff Gomes - Who's Watching Who? The "Outside-In Robot," Google, Kasitas, and WGBH Boston
Looking Around the Labyrinth with Cliff Gomes - Who's Watching Who? The "Outside-In Robot," Google, Kasitas, and WGBH Boston
Here's the map if you want to poke around: https://embed.kumu.io/bce7bede76e5303af756f09a08fa684f#untitled-map?s=bm9kZS1SUXdnNDNKYQ%3D%3D Here's Cliff's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/cg3ly/videos
01:09:37
October 31, 2022
Conversation with Jason Bosch: The SMART Con - Questioning the Ideology behind Tokenization and Web3
Conversation with Jason Bosch: The SMART Con - Questioning the Ideology behind Tokenization and Web3
This is the Schmidt / Nazarov chat if you want to watch that in full: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2kOmSh4h84
02:28:11
October 26, 2022
Social Impact Theory - "Mondragon, Focolare, and Inclusive Capitalism" Read Aloud
Social Impact Theory - "Mondragon, Focolare, and Inclusive Capitalism" Read Aloud
Here is the map if you want to poke around: https://embed.kumu.io/5346c606b5c29a38a19386e7cda5bb89#untitled-map  Here is the blog post: https://wrenchinthegears.com/2022/07/12/mondragon-focolare-and-inclusive-capitalism-synthetic-pretenders-part-15b/ REPLY
02:41:56
October 21, 2022
Charter Cities, Refugee Labor, and The Learning Economy - Plus More on Swarms and Robot Societies
Charter Cities, Refugee Labor, and The Learning Economy - Plus More on Swarms and Robot Societies
This is the blog post I read: https://wrenchinthegears.com/2022/07/11/charter-cities-refugee-labor-and-the-learning-economy-synthetic-pretenders-part-15a/
02:31:40
October 18, 2022
Flocks, Herds, and Schools - Alternative Currency, Participatory Sensing, Complexity Theory
Flocks, Herds, and Schools - Alternative Currency, Participatory Sensing, Complexity Theory
Here's the map: https://embed.kumu.io/d6f09274052416dae8d7685265786ee7#untitled-map?s=bm9kZS1NeGdYT2JwUg%3D%3D  Here's the blog post: https://wrenchinthegears.com/2018/07/20/social-capital-scrip-fin-tech-experiments-with-new-forms-of-precarious-employment/
02:44:29
October 15, 2022
Intention Setting: Rockefeller Palisades, Climate Campus, & Sacred Outcropping October 11, 2022
Intention Setting: Rockefeller Palisades, Climate Campus, & Sacred Outcropping October 11, 2022
Rockefeller Palisades: https://www.njpalisades.org/oftRepeatedAnecdote.html Columbia's Lamont Doherty Earth Science / Climate Campus: https://lamont.columbia.edu/news/celebrating-150-years-birth-thomas-w-lamont
40:10
October 15, 2022
Tent Revivals, War Strategy & Wireless Communication: Intention Setting at the Jersey Shore 10/12/22
Tent Revivals, War Strategy & Wireless Communication: Intention Setting at the Jersey Shore 10/12/22
Ocean Grove: https://archive.curbed.com/2015/7/15/9941080/jersey-shore-ocean-grove-beach History of Fort Monmouth: https://www.fortmonmouthnj.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Concise-History-of-Fort-Monmouth.pdf Marconi Installations Belmar: https://infoage.org/history-ia/marconi/marconis-new-jersey-stations/ Camp Evans, Ku Klux Klan, Operation Paperclip: https://antiquityechoes.blogspot.com/2012/05/camp-evans.html
01:25:58
October 15, 2022
Impact Economy Site Visits: Haas Estate in Villanova and the B Lab Offices in Berwyn, Main Line PA October 8, 2022
Impact Economy Site Visits: Haas Estate in Villanova and the B Lab Offices in Berwyn, Main Line PA October 8, 2022
B Lab: https://www.bcorporation.net/en-us/movement/about-b-lab Stoneleigh Estate History: https://stoneleighgarden.org/garden/our-story/history/ Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVOVEaAV9xU
44:48
October 10, 2022
Blog Post Reading: What Stage Are We On? Immersive Storytelling, Hegelian Dialectic, and Crypto-Spectacle
Blog Post Reading: What Stage Are We On? Immersive Storytelling, Hegelian Dialectic, and Crypto-Spectacle
This is the blog post: https://wrenchinthegears.com/2022/10/09/what-stage-are-we-on-immersive-storytelling-hegelian-dialectic-and-crypto-spectacle/ This is the video version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQDTnL-RqOE
01:12:23
October 09, 2022
Physics As Metaphor Reading on the Concept of Space, Plus Back-to-School with Predatory Sesame Workshop
Physics As Metaphor Reading on the Concept of Space, Plus Back-to-School with Predatory Sesame Workshop
Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGDOWYL2kyg Here is a post on the book Physics as Metaphor: http://www.doyletics.com/art/physicsa.shtml  Here is the first post on labor automation and ESAs: https://wrenchinthegears.com/2019/12/06/poverty-wont-be-solved-by-committee-education-for-liberation-less-data-more-freire/  Here is the second post on Sesame Workshop: https://wrenchinthegears.com/2018/01/14/who-is-pulling-the-muppet-strings/
02:46:53
October 08, 2022
Evolutionary Economics - Vienna, Pavel Luksha, and Cybernetic Improvement Paths
Evolutionary Economics - Vienna, Pavel Luksha, and Cybernetic Improvement Paths
This is the blog post: https://wrenchinthegears.com/2018/06/04/galton-and-gef-glimpsing-a-bleak-future/  This is the infographic: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1YhH5y1I2L8lwEnLzs6jWNrH0u64_04PbksgIdcthPuo/edit?usp=sharing  This is the GEF Map link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sdyb_CwAsM7e1FQin70YTDIn3ClR4C3F/view Pavel Luksha at MIT in 2014: https://oeit.mit.edu/blog/pavel-luksha-re-engineering-future/index.html  MIT Digital Currency Initiative Launched in 2015: https://medium.com/mit-media-lab-digital-currency-initiative/launching-a-digital-currency-initiative-238fc678aba2  Luska's profile in Littlesis: https://web.archive.org/web/20200726031702/https://littlesis.org/person/353890-Pavel_Luksha  Luksha at Transhumanist Conference 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sag7F7yDbJw
01:12:09
September 30, 2022
Money Will Teach You To Pray - John Templeton Foundation Site Visit, Conshocken, PA
Money Will Teach You To Pray - John Templeton Foundation Site Visit, Conshocken, PA
Video with links in comments. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Yres-LF9VE
01:27:19
September 25, 2022
Pre Ethereum Merge Site Visits to Bell Labs in New Jersey - Signals Intelligence
Pre Ethereum Merge Site Visits to Bell Labs in New Jersey - Signals Intelligence
I made this trip last Wednesday. The merge was very early Thursday morning. You can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8SmHe92UOU
01:23:06
September 21, 2022
Site Visit Vanguard Campus (Giant Index Mutual Fund) and Former Burroughs Great Valley Lab Missile Defense and Swift
Site Visit Vanguard Campus (Giant Index Mutual Fund) and Former Burroughs Great Valley Lab Missile Defense and Swift
More on Burroughs Great Valley Lab: https://www.tehistory.org/hqda/html/v44/v44n1+2p074.html More on Vanguard and John Bogle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFcUBLYR1g0
24:08
September 13, 2022
Artificial Society Part 2 - Explanatory Coherence and "Feed" Reading
Artificial Society Part 2 - Explanatory Coherence and "Feed" Reading
What story are you living in? Is it consistent? 
01:22:17
September 13, 2022
"Terrain" As A Possible Artificial Society - Jeffrey Strahl, I Don't Use The Word "Psyop"
"Terrain" As A Possible Artificial Society - Jeffrey Strahl, I Don't Use The Word "Psyop"
Consider supporting our California trip. https://wrenchinthegears.com/california-fundraiser/ You can get a copy of "Swarm Intelligence" for under $15 used. https://www.alibris.com/Swarm-Intelligence-Russell-C-Eberhart/book/29086546?matches=16
01:35:41
September 12, 2022
Dan Tulis - Noogaradio, Chattanooga 96.9 FM 45 minute segment
Dan Tulis - Noogaradio, Chattanooga 96.9 FM 45 minute segment
Smart Cities, Energy Economies, and Life on the Ledger
43:28
September 10, 2022
Maya, Mind Games, Sugarscape and Artificial Societies
Maya, Mind Games, Sugarscape and Artificial Societies
Short reading about Sugarscape social simulations and from the Bhagavad-Gita on Maya and selfless service. Also a discussion of the need to deepen our understanding of blockchain beyond crypto into spatial computing, predictive analytics, and modeling/manifestation of reality in a 3D printing, CAD world.
01:05:30
September 06, 2022
Wrench In the Gears Re-Treads - Ed-Tech's DoD Origins, the Gita, and Diamond Age Excerpt The Turing Castle (Blockchain)
Wrench In the Gears Re-Treads - Ed-Tech's DoD Origins, the Gita, and Diamond Age Excerpt The Turing Castle (Blockchain)
Here is the original blog post: https://wrenchinthegears.com/2017/01/16/how-did-the-department-of-defense-end-up-in-my-childs-classroom/
01:58:41
September 03, 2022
Podcast 3 - John Trudell's "Peace" and what it feels like to be called a closed, annotated, archived, file.
Podcast 3 - John Trudell's "Peace" and what it feels like to be called a closed, annotated, archived, file.
This is a link to the longer presentation we did today on paramentric insurance and Web 3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fI8VpBYQREs
20:36
September 01, 2022
Revisiting My First Blog Post From 2016 - Questions Parents Should Ask About Ed-Tech, Plus Readings from Bhavagad-Gita and MT Anderson's "Feed"
Revisiting My First Blog Post From 2016 - Questions Parents Should Ask About Ed-Tech, Plus Readings from Bhavagad-Gita and MT Anderson's "Feed"
This is the blog post if you'd like to read it: https://wrenchinthegears.com/2016/09/10/digital-curriculum-questions-parents-should-be-asking/ This is a review of "Feed:" https://www.geeksundergrace.com/books/book-review-feed-by-m-t-anderson/
01:18:10
September 01, 2022
Social Physics, Biophysics, Cycles and Signals (Jammed)
Social Physics, Biophysics, Cycles and Signals (Jammed)
The challenges of navigating friendships in holographic reality where signals get crossed and cycles determine outcomes followed by a reading of my blog post UPenn's Nuclear "Green" Syn-Bio Blockchain Web of Impact, which can be read here: https://wrenchinthegears.com/2022/08/28/upenns-nuclear-green-syn-bio-blockchain-web-of-impact-and-leaving-silicon-icarus/
02:39:03
August 31, 2022